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Arts Events for Fri., Sept. 15
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    Recspec Gallery Grand Opening: The Eyes Have It

    Buckle up for safety, citizen: The opening of this gallery in the Flatbed multiplex increases that venue's power to a point almost beyond human reckoning. Vivid works by Abi Daniel, Anas Awad, Lesley Nowlin Blessing, Lindsay Eyth, Mike Combs, Seth Cox, and more will knock you on your aesthetic ass in the best way possible. Recommended.
    Reception: Fri., Sept., 15, 6-8pm
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    Henry IV

    Shakespeare? Of course. But this kingly classic is directed by Beth Burns for the Hidden Room, is based on a new adaptation by Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen, and features a cast worth shouting about infused with a rowdy glam-rock aesthetic. Which means that this ain't your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather's Henry IV, this is your chance to see the Bard's work presented with incomparable theatrical power and style. Bonus: live music from Shoulders' Todd Kassens.
    Through Oct. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-30.  
    York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh.
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    Latino Comedy Project: Barrio Daze

    The LCP's recent run of Gentrifucked was as timely, relevant, and provocative as the troupe's productions have always been – and pretty damn funny, too. And this Barrio Daze is just as laced with dark humor, but even more concentrated and powerful – partly because it's performed by just one man: LCP head honcho Adrian Villegas, whose array of characters and the level of craft with which he portrays them could leave you breathless. Barrio Daze, a kaleidoscopic glimpse into diverse aspects of Mexican-American identity, is something of a reprise of its own earlier incarnation – but newly revamped to reflect a variety of *fnord* current events. We recommend it highly. And if you hold (or you're thinking of running for) public office anywhere in Tejas, we reckon it should be required viewing.
    Through Sept. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $13 ($11, in advance).  
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    The Creatives Meet Business Experience

    CMBXP "provides local artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side hustlers with the tools, resources, and relationships needed to become more sustainable in their practices." And they've joined forces with Learnshop, General Assembly, and Story Bar for this three-day conference, to provide useful, practical solutions to the eternal problem of how-do-I-actually-make-this-work? Might be worth looking into, citizen, to put yourself on a less harrowing path toward creative fulfillment. See website for extensive schedule of programs.
    Sept. 14-16. $100.
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    Title and Deed

    Capital T Theatre's Mark Pickell directs that talented Jason Phelps in this one-man show scripted by Will "Thom Pain" Eno, offering an insight-stuffed look at what it means to be alive in this odd century and what the concept of home can embody. Recommended.
    Through Sept. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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    Art Raffle Party: Hurricane Harvey Relief

    More than 70 local artists have contributed their works to this program from Art for the People, and here's a party to celebrate the giving – with you and other helpful citizens grooving to what DJ Burnzy's got spinning amid the graphic wonders.
    Fri., Sept. 15, 7-10pm. $10.  
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: The Birds

    This exhibition features new work in multiple media, work that explores topics of bird migration, communication, taxonomy, feeding behavior, natural history, flight behavior, bird diversity, and conservation. Artists Carol Cunningham, Carrie Carlson, Emily Coleman, Kim Heise, Lauren Rochell, Lisa Rawlinson, Pat Falconer, Zoë Trautz, Rachel Ramirez, and Sarah St. Laurent bring the ornithological wonders.
    Through Oct. 1
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    Classical Music

    Beerthoven: Invoke Is Back!

    And so is Daniel Swayze's lovely Beerthoven series itself, this year featuring much ado about Americana – as evidenced in this show by that progressive foursome of stringfellows named invoke, ever bowing and fretting out the bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism, and here going to town on Mark O'Connor's String Quartet No. 2 and other compositions (by Ravel, by Schickele) as well. Bonus: Beer from Lazarus Brewing Co., fresh pretzels from Easy Tiger.
    Sept. 15 & 17. Fri., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $20.  
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    Big Medium: Home Remedies for Cabin Fever

    Emily Peacock's new show – based on family history and relationships, domesticity, and personal loss and tragedy – explores the entanglements of intimacy via videos and photographs.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Blanton Museum: Dancing With Death

    Celebrate the dance, citizen, celebrate the danse macabre. This new Blanton show, curated by Elizabeth Welch, features works on paper spanning from the 15th to the 20th centuries, highlighting the visual tradition of bringing death to life, showcasing both the fear of mortality and the fun in life.
    Through Nov. 26.
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    Butridge Gallery: Approaching Crossover

    In which the artist Gary Anderson explores and, with a variety of materials, creates "artifacts from worlds that dwell within."
    Through Sept. 16
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    Camiba Art: Unearth

    William T. Carson, who grew up on an isolated cattle ranch in rural Montana, works two different but related processes to create his Erosion Drawings and Coal Paintings, both involving the use of coal to build up layers – one on a substrate of paper, the other on a substrate of wood panel.
    Through Oct. 14
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    Catalina de Erauso

    This new work by playwright Elizabeth Doss chronicles the true story of a 17th-century nun who, just 14 years old, breaks out of the convent, travels the globe disguised as a man, and ultimately becomes the New World’s first and fiercest conquistadora. Directed by Dustin Wills for Paper Chairs, all of whom assure us that this wild show is "wickedly funny." And this here is what our reviewer said.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.  
    Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, 8604 FM 969.
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    Co-Lab Projects: Timekeeper

    This is a retrospective of the life and works of Austin artist Claude van Lingen, born in Vereeniging, South Africa (1931), whose art displays the passage and contemplation of time in textural and sculptural ways that are irremovable from the pages of your memory.
    Through Sept. 30
    Co-Lab's DEMO Gallery, 721 Congress.
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    Davis Gallery: Elements: Rock, Steel, Felt, Wax

    We're getting goosebumps just writing this blurb, that's how gorgeous the work in the Davis Gallery's "Elements" exhibition is. Because the artists whose work is displayed here, each of them have created pieces representing one of the four materials noted in the show's title. And those artists are Giota Vorgia, Randall Reid, Barbara Attwell, and Annie Darling. And, Austinite, if you don't already know what those four names herald in the way of skill, mastery, and sublime visual impact of production … well, we envy you the introduction to this quartet of artmakers.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Dana Younger

    Like you need an excuse to witness the glory of historical sculpting genius Elisabet Ney's work? Well, then here you go: In the same storied venue, an exhibition of figurative sculpture by the contemporary artist (and Blue Genie dude) Dana Younger – who we won't call a "genius," but only because he's very much alive and would likely blush at the term. But, still, these two temporally divided local giants of three-dimensional, human-based art? What an excellent pairing with which to immerse your eyes in wonder. And this is what our reviewer thinks about the show.
    Through Nov. 5
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    Enfrascada

    This Tanya Saracho-scripted comedy about a group of modern-day Latinas, consulting the worlds of hoodoo, santería, curanderismo, and nostalgia, but finding the true magic of friendship, is directed by Claudio M. Chávez for Teatro Vivo. And can you believe our reviewer's reaction to this show?
    Through Sept. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $20-25.  
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    Fall Fest at the Follies

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! Esther’s Follies brings the city lots of new sketches, and, boy howdy, do we need them more than ever! Austin’s lawmakers are skewered with those Special Session Blues, and check out the new Trump musical, “The Lyin’ King,” a Disneyesque take on that orange-faced rump roast and his band of Merry Minions. Plus, would you believe … a dance-off between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because science! And of course that sexy magician Ray Anderson will thrill the crowd with his Torched and Claw illusions.
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Flatbed Press: Texas Bird Project

    Frank X Tolbert 2 has explored the birds of Texas in large-scale paintings, etchings, and drawings, transforming the feathered creatures into darkly familiar personalities. Now see the results take odd and papery wing on the walls of this excellent venue.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Approach

    Painter Christopher St. Leger follows the tradition of illustrated journals to capture the places he visits seasonally, with this show taking the viewer from Austin, to places distant or remote, and back to Lockhart, Texas. "Luminosity is the atmosphere and nature of watercolor," says St. Leger – and damned if he isn't an excellent pilot of that atmosphere.
    Reception: Fri., Sept. 15, 6-8pm
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Karen Hawkins and Koichi Yamamoto

    Two solo exhibitions here, in which each artist has developed a highly personal visual language, exploring a singular medium with infinite variations. Deconstructed books and intaglio printing on kites? Strange and papery beauty thrills the air.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Georgetown Art Center: Wide Open

    Ah, darn you to heck, Georgetown, the way you force an Austin-based journal to list something in your so-far-north venue – by featuring a show of gorgeous landscape work by Shawn Camp, Karen Maness, and Rebecca Bennett, artists whose creations we might, if we had to, drive all the way to goddamn Saskatchewan to see. Oh, the temerity!
    Through Sept. 24
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    Classical Music

    India Fine Arts: Merging of Musical Boundaries

    Here's a concert of music for flute and lute and percussion, featuring performances by Ronu Majumdar, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Vinod Venkataraman, Harshad Kanetkar, and more.
    Fri., Sept. 15, 7pm. $15-50.  
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    Comedy

    It's … Hideoutrageous!

    There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph and the Big Bash fanciness on Friday; and get ready for Dance Dreams on Saturdays, improv about the drama-fraught world of competitive dance – right after the student-driven Soundstage 23, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of that magister-marbled Maestro. See website for more.
    Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm
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    It's … subterranean!

    It's the underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists, here in the powerhouse founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson. Monday nights feature Fuck This Week, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays get some work done in the Garage, Thursday welcomes you the nihilist paradise of Doomtown, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and A Very Special Special with Allison O'Conor, whereas Saturday's stage with sauté your giblets with Stuffed: A Thanksgiving Puppet Comedy Show. And we reckon the popular Megaphone Show that night will do its public-pleasing thing, too. And on Sunday, the – ah, see website for more shows and details.
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    Johnny Taylor

    "Sardonic and personal, Taylor elevates the art of self-deprecating storytelling with his debut album, Tangled Up in Plaid on Stand Up! Records." And this whole show's gonna be elevated, what with FPIA 2017 winner Enzo Priesnitz opening.
    Sept. 15-16. Fri.-Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Dance

    Michael Jackson's THRILLER: Videodance™ Workshop!

    Find your inner zombie and learn one of the most requested choreographies ever made, with four weeks of instruction on either Mondays or Wednesdays, culminating in a Zombie Walk from Ballet Austin to City Hall on October 30. See website for details.
    Sept. 15-21. $75.  
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    Litera

    Nancy Huang: Favorite Daughter

    The author presents her debut book of poetry, with additional readings from Philip Olalo, Noor Wadi, and Jasmine Bell.
    Fri., Sept. 15, 7pm
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    Over the Lege

    This show, the brainchild of director Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg, unites the expertise of legislative staffers, improv veterans, and comedy writers to bring you a political satire variety show exposing the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature. Songs, dances, sketches, and improv performances. But, note: this weekend's gigs with Senator Kirk Watson and KUT’s Ben Philpott might be sold out already, citizen! See website for details.
    Through Sept. 30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15.  
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    Prizer Gallery: Farmer as Artist

    This fifth annual show explores connections between farming and creativity and includes work from more than 20 artists who work in farming, featuring an array of new delights from the worthies of Boggy Creek Farm (that Carol Ann Sayle's work is pictured in this listing), Millberg Farm, Tecolote Farm, Urban Roots, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Munkebo Farm, Farmshare Austin, Genesis Gardens, Agua Dulce, Texas Hill Country Olive Co., EllenMental Acres, Sand Holler Farm, and more.
    Through Sept. 23
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    Litera

    Rodrigo Hasbún: Affections

    The acclaimed Bolivian author's in town to present his new novel about the fascinating Ertl clan, a family headed by a man who was the camera operator for Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl.
    Fri., Sept. 15, 7pm
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    Saul Jerome E. San Juan Home Studio Show

    The artist opens his studio with a show featuring plein-air miniatures of Barton Creek Greenbelt and large-scale appropriations of images taken from social media. Say, is that your face from the public Facebook feed?
    Fri., Sept. 15, 7-10pm
    2606 Wilson #502.
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    SouthPop: 50 Over 50

    This exhibition accompanies the venue's oral history project from 50 artists over the age of 50 who have played pivotal roles in the evolution of Austin from a sleepy Texas town to the Live Music Capital of the World.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Comedy

    Stone Cold Comedy

    Check out what's happening in this right-next-to-that-funky-video-store hotbed of comedy. Thursdays showcase longtime house improv troupe, the rightfully celebrated Frank Mills, and follow that with the fierce sketch style of Pendulum. And then there's the laughalicious ladies of Loverboy going all Kiss and Tell on Fridays; that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar on the same night; and don't miss Barney Miller: Dark Knight, wherein your favorites from the 12th precinct deal with the day-to-day in Batman's Gotham; and then, Martini Ranch's Queer & Now sketches and Midnight Society! Oh, and Sunday's Stool Pigeon! See website for more.
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    Storm Still

    Here's the world premiere of Gabrielle Reisman’s play that reveals an arch reconsideration of Shakespeare's King Lear as three daughters gather in the backyard at dusk following the death of their father. Jennifer Coy Jennings, Andreá Smith, and Amelia Turner are directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex. And, look: What our reviewer said about it might make you think twice.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. $15-35. (Two-for-one admission with donation of two cans for SafePlace, Thursdays & Sundays).  
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    The Sklar Brothers

    These guys you know already, because you've been lapping up HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage, and because you're not unfamiliar with The History Channel's The United Stats of America, and so on. Hilarious and identical, these siblings will double-team your comedy world this weekend.
    Sept. 14-16. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $18-23.  
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    This Random World

    Here's the Austin premiere of Steven Dietz's funny, intimate, and heartbreaking new play that explores the comedy of missed connections. The cast, you'll be glad to note, includes the fine talents of Joey Banks, Jacqui Cross, Babs George, Jess Hughes, Molly Karrasch, Carla Nickerson, and J. Ben Wolfe – and everything's directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse.
    Through Sept. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: William Geisler + John Peralta

    Geisler works with encaustic and collage to manifest grids on a two-dimensional plane; Peralta scours estate sales for antique mechanical objects and reconstructs them on a three-dimensional plane. Here emerge pattern, structure, the near-architectural underpinnings of matter's elegance.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Yard Dog: Long Live Death

    Here's a group of newly painted meditations on life and death by Portland's Mike Egan, who found his calling while working as an undertaker in Pennsylvania.
    Through Oct. 5
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    Offscreen

    Austin Public

    Committed to freedom of speech and expression, Austin Public is a nonexclusive and content-neutral media studio that offers low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities, and cablecasting services to all Austinites. It is managed by the Austin Film Society under contract from the city of Austin, and operates cable channels 10, 11, and 16, and live streams. New training classes are ongoing; see website for calendar.